Transplant surgeons are physicians who specialize in transplant surgery. The surgeons’ expertise includes transplantation of adult-sized kidneys into infants, transplantation of children with severe congenital urologic problems and surgery of newborns with end stage renal disease.
Nephrologists are physicians who specialize in diseases of the kidney. One of the key reasons for the Kidney Transplant Program’s high success rate is our attention to getting patients into the best possible medical condition before transplant. Nephrologists also help manage your child after surgery.
Steven Alexander, MD - Medical Director of Dialysis and Transplantation Program
Chief, Division of Pediatric Nephrology
Trained as nurses, the transplant coordinators organize all aspects of care for the child before and after the transplant, providing education to you and your child and coordinating diagnostic testing and follow-up care.
The Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program’s social worker supports families in dealing with the issues that can arise around lodging, transportation, finances and legal questions. She can also help coordinate alternative schooling so that children do not fall behind because of hospitalization.
The research coordinators handle both the administrative side of research — from talking to families about the studies underway to obtaining informed consent — and the clinical side — ensuring, for example, that patients take medications on schedule and undergo scheduled tests.